THE night was rocking as seasoned rock ‘n’ rollers danced their celebrity partners around the floor at the ILT Stadium Southland on Saturday.
Into its fourth season, the biennial Rocking With The Stars entertained the almost sold-out crowd of about 1200 spectators.
Eleven dancers from the Invercargill Rock ‘n’ Roll Club tutored their dance partners, which included sports people, entertainers, councillors and businesspeople over 10 weeks for the big night resulting in some spectacular and surprising moves.
The four judges included dancer Aaron Gilmour from Dancing With The Stars, entertainer Suzanne Prentice, and Rock ‘n’ Roll competition dancers Amanda and Todd Meikle from the club.
Club president Karl Herman said although the funds had not been tallied, he was sure more than $30,000 had been raised, half for Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust NZ and half for the club.
Representatives from the trust said they hoped “to establish a trust in Southland with a focus on education and training at a grassroot level” and set up “solution-focused workshops in Invercargill and Bluff”.
Mr Herman gave “special thanks to all the business community for their huge generosity.
“We couldn’t do half of what we did on Saturday night without them.”
He also appreciated the ‘stars’, and how generously they had given of their time, and how willing they were to get out of their comfort zone, especially as most had not known any rock ‘n’ roll to performing a routine in front of a huge crowd and some well-known judges.
World champion team shearer Nathan Stratford and Karen Birch won this season’s trophy, as well as the Best Dressed couple.
Celebrities were already putting their names forward for the next event in 2021, he said.
“Every time, it gets bigger and bigger.”
Images from the night. Photos: Janette Gellatly